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Cartwright Announces $176K in FEMA Funds for Three First-Responder Departments in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

July 3, 2014

Scranton, PA - Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a total of $176,126 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds for three first-responder departments in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Ryan Township Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc. in Barnesville, PA has been awarded $149,554 to subsidize the purchase of a 2013 Type I ambulance with 4-wheel drive. The Girard Hose Company #1 in Girardville, PA has been awarded $13,633 for the purchase of 7 sets of outer protective clothing. The Citizens Fire Co. #1 in Tamaqua, PA has been awarded $12,939 to help purchase one thermal imaging camera - an effective tool for firefighters when searching for victims or locating the seat of a fire - and 14 units of self-rescue bailout kits.

"Our local first responders provide an invaluable service to their respective and neighboring communities," said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. "These well-deserved funds will allow these departments to purchase the essential tools for enhancing the safety of both their personnel and the public."

AFGs are competitive grants awarded directly to fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS) that are unaffiliated with a hospital. The purpose of an AFG is to enhance the ability of first-responder organizations to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, AFG has provided approximately $5.6 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

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